Senior/Principal Engineer/Scientist - Ships & Dredging (Ref 2021_32)

We are looking to recruit an exceptional Senior/Principal Engineer/Scientists in the Ships Group to support our consultancy and research projects particularly in the maritime and energy sectors worldwide.

Our clients use our skills to help them consider and understand the marine environment at all stages of the project life cycle, from concept development and master planning through to design, construction and operation.

The Role

We are looking to recruit Senior and Principal Engineers or Scientists to help lead our growing ship navigation and mooring related work.  The successful candidate will join the Ships and Dredging Group at HR Wallingford and take a prominent role in consultancy and research work.  This will involve leading ship navigation simulation studies, that often use our state of the art ship and tug simulators, and ship mooring studies that may use some of our extensive physical modelling facilities or numerical models.  The role will require excellent communication and client liaison skills, underpinned by a strong technical background in ship navigation, ship mooring and port operations/logistics.  The role will also provide the opportunity for innovative research and development to support this growing business area.

About you

The successful candidate will have: 

  • A good engineering or scientific degree
  • At least 5 years relevant professional experience and/or a higher degree in a relevant subject
  • Experience of ship navigation and ship mooring project work and delivery
  • A working knowledge of relevant national and international clients
  • A track record of procuring and winning relevant work
  • An interest in leading research and development in a relevant area
  • An ability to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent inter-personal and client liaison skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

The successful candidate will be based at our Howbery Park offices near Wallingford, in Oxfordshire, UK, but there will be opportunities for international travel and working overseas.

Additional Information

Further information about our company culture is found at including our approach to Diversity and Inclusion. Further information about the application process including flexible working, pre employment screening and sponsorship is found at

Our excellent benefits package includes:

  • Hybrid (office/home) working may be available for this role (currently being trialled)
  • A defined contribution pension scheme with minimum 10% contribution from the employer (up to 15% with matched funding)
  • Life insurance x 3 salary
  • 22 days holiday, plus three days discretionary company holiday and eight bank holidays, 
  • Permanent health insurance (subject to eligibility rules). 
  • Flexible working hours which allows for additional leave to be taken subject to hours accrued and business needs
  • Onsite restaurant, gym and nursery at our stunning Howbery Park campus on the banks of the river Thames in Oxfordshire.
  • Active sports and social club. 
  • Cycle to work scheme. 
  • Employee Assistance Programme.

How to apply

Click the "Apply now" button below to complete our online application form. You will need to attach a two-page CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter explaining your suitability for this role.

Closing date: 10 December 2021

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business. 

Contact us for more information
Sharon Draper
Sharon Draper
Personnel Advisor
+44 (0)1491 822899